Carman Sword

Obituary of Carman Sword

In Chatsworth, at Country Lane Nursing Home, Carman Thomas Sword, in his 83rd year. Carman passed away peacefully on Monday May 24th at 11:30 p.m. after a long struggle with Dementia. 

Born on the Sword family farm Nov. 5 1938, Carman was the first born son of Doris Sword (Smith) and Robert Carman Sword, and the namesake of his beloved grandpa William Carman Sword, who purchased the farm in 1940 now known as “Swordcrest”, where he grew up around cows, chickens, work horses and his beloved ponies, riding his horse to the small community school in Springmount.  Carman is pre-deceased by his sister Joan (Ray Byers) and brother-in-law Jack McCombe. Survived by his sisters Betty (Wayne Morrison), Jeanette (Ron Irvine), Susan (Dan Oinonen), and brother George (Patty Sword), sisters-in-law Peggy Uttley and Marie McCombe.  Given a nickname by his sister Joan at a young age, “Buss” will be missed dearly by his wife and travel companion of 62 years, Jane (McCombe). They enjoyed many trips to Kentucky every year for over 42 years to the annual horse show, and plenty of sightseeing trips, including Hawaii and many interesting places including California, Georgia, Texas, Florida, and many places in between. A proud father of Kim (Terry Good) of Meaford and Krista (Walter Bruce) of Allenford. Known as “Papa”, he was the caring and considerate grandfather of Mitchell and Marcus Good, and Curtis, Nick and Miranda Bruce, teaching them to love and care for animals and the passion for farming and the importance of family. His grandchildren will miss his encouragement and concern; always telling them to drive safe and call when they got home. 

Buss enjoyed his first career and life in Baden with his uncle George at Master Feeds, building the first family home and his hobbies of raising and showing American Saddle Bred horses, and competitively flying homing pigeons. There they met many life long friends as a young couple on their own, including their “card club” that became as close as brothers and sisters to them. After 21 years in Baden, that included a move to Patene Building Supply as a salesman, Dad returned to his passion of dairy farming in Springmount with Jane in 1980, where they enjoyed their “cow club” for many years with other wonderful dairy farmers. He enjoyed a wonderful retirement, but missed his cows and lifestyle of busy farm life. Buss enjoyed having extended family visit the farm and enjoy the swimming pool, have barbecues and see the animals. Uncle Buss and Aunt Jane created lots of great family memories, like my cousin Kelly says he was a gentle giant so there’s a giant sized hole in our hearts today.

Cremation has taken place, arrangements have been entrusted to Brian E. Wood Funeral Home. A private family funeral service will be held at Swordcrest.  If desired, donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation, or Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce are appreciated. Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Carman's online memorial at